October 24, 2012 Tom Wolfe's new novel is a sprawling portrait of Miami and its many ethnic groups, centering around a Cuban-American police officer and an immigration conflict. NPR editor Luis Clemens says the book nails the physical descriptions of Miami, but falls down badly in the portrayal of actual humans.
Girl in sugarcane field, India, 1997
November 14, 2011 Stereotypes frustrate photographer Shahidul Alam. In a new book, he presents his view of Bangladesh.
Desi Arnaz, seen in 1955, was one of the first characters to speak Spanish on English-language television.
October 11, 2011 For one Cuban-American kid growing up in Miami, hearing Spanish spoken on I Love Lucy was a surprisingly important experience with English-language media.
May 10, 2010 Lena Horne will be rightly remembered for her celebrated acting on screen and on stage. But I, perhaps wrongly, will remember her for singing a beautiful duet with "Sesame Street's" Kermit the Frog.
December 21, 2009 My favorite line in Shakespeare is from the changing of the guard in the first scene of Hamlet when Francisco tells Bernardo, "For this relief much thanks: 'tis bitter cold. And I am sick at heart."
December 4, 2009 By Luis Clemens
Come Monday, we air an excruciating interview. Excruciating, not because it involves any actual tooth-pulling, but because it involves the belated baring of a young girl's soul. We'll hear from Sarah Wildman. She is a D.C.-area r...
November 10, 2009 Sesame Street provided the soundtrack of my childhood. I watched the show every day. As a latchkey kid, I kept myself company by singing aloud in front of the television set.
October 19, 2009 In a special guest commentary, Tell Me More Planning Editor Luis Clemens explains why his football viewing days are over — of both college and NFL games. Why? Simply put, Clemens says the brutal manhandling is just another form of violence. And, after a while, it just gets more annoying.
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June 2, 2009 There are some books that meet all these criteria and still don't make it on the air. These volumes inhabit what I call "the shelf of constant reproach." It is kind of an editorial purgatory inhabited by worthy titles awaiting just the right news ...
May 6, 2009 Today, we kicked off our summer reading series by interviewing Colson Whitehead, who is the author of Sag Harbor. I wonder, though, if the references make sense if you are not one of Colson Whitehead's post-Boomer/pre-Internet contemporaries. For ...
April 27, 2009 The federal government has declared a public health emergency as officials continue to monitor cases of sickness believed to be a strain of swine flu. Already, more than 100 people have died in Mexico and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports at least 20 cases in the U.S. NPR's Luis Clemens discusses the health crisis and Mexico's dramatic response.
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March 16, 2009 Gracias, Michel.
March 12, 2009 Yesterday, President Obama opened the door to upping the ante along the U.S-Mexico border.
February 20, 2009 Yesterday, Tweety Bird interviewed President Barack Obama. For real.
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